How Torriano decision restored faith in local democracy
IT was a pleasure to work with The Torriano s landlords Suzie and Dean and Cllr Ralph Scott to identify for the Camden Council development committee the planning reasons why they should reject the freeholder s application last Thursday. The affection an
IT was a pleasure to work with The Torriano's landlords Suzie and Dean and Cllr Ralph Scott to identify for the Camden Council development committee the planning reasons why they should reject the freeholder's application last Thursday.
The affection and passion of the pub's customers was the key, seen in the 100 protesters who gave up their evening to be at the Town Hall.
What Dean and Suzie have built up steadily over seven years is a business that provides a real service and amenity for the Kentish Town community, through live events downstairs as well as a friendly bar above. The freeholders wanted to change the nature of the bar completely, forcing the landlords to move out.
Liberal Democrats believe it is the job of local politicians, both ward councillors and committee members, to fight for the interests of the residents they represent. More than one of the happy protesters told me late on Thursday night that our work and the councillors' decision had restored their faith in local politics. Why the Green Party decided to side with the developers I shall never understand; the application had no green virtues whatsoever, quite the reverse.
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If the developers appeal, we shall all keep fighting. Community is hard to maintain in inner London, and those who succeed should be rewarded, not punished.
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